Expelled Venezuelan diplomat leaves the U.S.

Livia Acosta Noguera expelled from U.S., headed home to Venezuela

Published On: Jan 11 2012 02:47:40 PM EST

An Obama administration official says a Venezuelan diplomat who was ordered expelled from the U.S. last weekend has finally left the country.

That news comes in the face of claims by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez that the diplomat had returned home in December.

The U.S. official says Livia Acosta Noguera, Venezuela's consul general in Miami, was in the United States on Sunday, when she was expelled, and that she left by Tuesday's deadline.

Her explusion followed allegations that she discussed possible cyber-attacks on U.S. soil while she was stationed at her country's embassy in Mexico.